Amid insurance cancellations, some people are finding better coverage through Covered California, the state's health exchange. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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These Californians Greeted Canceled Health Plans With Smiles

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Edward Avalos, one of the first certified enrollment specialists in California, is a very busy man. Sarah Varney/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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California Trains Helpers To Meet Demand For Health Insurance

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Brad Stevens used to think he didn't need health insurance. Sarah Varney hide caption

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Medicaid Looks Good To A Former Young Invincible

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An employee of Covered California works in the newly opened call center in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Covered California is the state's new health insurance exchange. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Small Businesses May Find Insurance Relief In Exchanges

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Onita Sanders (right), a certified application counselor at the Southeastern Virginia Health System, helps Virginia resident Brenda Harrell with health coverage options at Enrollfest in Hampton, Va., on Tuesday. Jenny Gold for NPR hide caption

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Obamacare Day One: A Tale Of Two States

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Sen. Ted Cruz, worked a rare Senate overnight shift as he kept up a lengthy diatribe against Obamacare (with many digressions.) Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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You talking to me? (A turkey on New York's Staten Island; who's probably just as intimidating, if not more, than those in California.) Jonathan Fickies /Landov hide caption

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Police blocked roads Tuesday leading to the mountains near San Bernardino, Calif., where accused killer Christopher Dorner was thought to be hiding. Joe Klamar /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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NPR's Kirk Siegler, reporting for the NPR Newscast

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